DNA Clears Dallas Man In 27-Year-Old Rape Case

DALLAS (AP) – A man who has served 27 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault is due to become the latest person exonerated through DNA testing in Dallas County.

District Attorney Craig Watkins announced Wednesday that 55-year-old Johnny Pinchback has been cleared as a result of forensic testing conducted last year.

Watkins says prosecutors will ask for a favorable ruling on Pinchback’s innocence at a writ hearing Thursday.

Pinchback was sentenced to 99 years in prison in October 1984 after he was convicted of raping two girls, both under 16, as they were walking home from school.

He was exonerated after an investigation was launched in 2009 by the Innocence Project of Texas.

He will be the 22nd person cleared by DNA evidence in Dallas County since 2001.

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  1. YRofTexas says:

    I am hopeful that these DNA screenings are utilized three-fold:
    1. To bring to a final conclusion the innocence or guilt of a prisoner
    2. That the results be cross-checked against the state, national and international DNA databases in an attempt to clarify if the accused had partaken in other assaults or other crimes and
    3. If the original felon is exonerated via the DNA, that the TRUE perpetrator be located and brought to justice.

    It is a travesty that so many innocent men have suffered incarceration through no guilt of their own, and family’s victims had no closure after all.

    Now that DNA is a reliable tool, lets look over all past crimes that remain unsolved, as well as those of men who (even if passed away) still insisted on their innocence. Lets clear their names.

  2. Isaac Rodriguez says:

    Thank goodness for DNA testing.

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